reference 1. an act or instance of referring. 2. a mention; allusion. 3. something for which a name or designation stands; denotation. 4. a direction in a book or writing to some other book, passage, etc. 5. a book, passge, etc., to which one is directed. 6. See reference mark (def. 2). 7. material contained in a footnote or bibliography, or referred to by a reference mark. 8. use or recourse for purposes of information: a library for public reference. 9. a person to whom one refers for testimony as to one's character, abilities, etc. 10. a statement, usually written, as to a person's character, abilities, etc. 11. relation, regard, or respect: all persons, witout reference to age. (Webster's, p 1620)
refer to, direct attention to, appeal to, invoke; make reference to; cross-refer, make a cross-refernece; reference, cross-reference; acknowledgment, citation, tribute; confession; reference; trademark, signature; by-line, credit line.(Chapman, pp. 381, 89)
American Psychological Association (APA) Style Resources
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Citation Examples by HCC Library
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Works Cited Style Sheet
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William, Jr. 1918. The Elements of
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Virtual Reference Desk
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